Formerly executive chef at The Graham Hotel in Port Melbourne, Schagen left his post in December last year.
“I decided I’d take my time and have a bit of a look around, and wait for the perfect position to come up,” he says. “And it came up just recently.”
“[At Taxi] we had five sushi chefs on the roster,” he says. “I spent a lot of time working with them, and getting a bit more of an understanding of what they do.”
While the chef hopes to have some influence on the Supernormal menu in the long term, he’s taking an if-it-ain’t-broke approach in the meantime. “The brief for me was just to continue the success of Supernormal and keep going as we are,” he says. “I don’t think there’s a lot that needs to be changed.”
Meanwhile the Flinders Lane hotspot has embraced winter by reintroducing lunchtime ramen, swapping out last year’s pork broth for a chicken base, which is served on weekdays from 11am to 3pm.
Pigott is taking some well-earned time off, after three years at Cumulus and Supernormal, to get married.